Meditation is a holistic discipline by which the
practitioner attempts to get beyond the reflexive, "thinking"
mind into a deeper state of relaxation or awareness. Meditation
is a component of many religions, and has been practiced since
antiquity. It is also practiced outside religious
Different meditative disciplines encompass a wide
range of spiritual or psychophysical practices that may
emphasize different goals—from achievement of a higher state of
consciousness, to greater focus, creativity or self-awareness,
or simply a more relaxed and peaceful frame of mind.